BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Briton Ian Stannard won the first classic one-day race of the season when he beat three Etixx-Quick Step riders in a tense finale to the Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. The Team Sky rider, who also won the race last year, was part of a four-man breakaway with Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenberg 43-km from the end. Boonen and Terpstra attacked one after another but Stannard could not be dropped. The 27-year-old Englishman, whose 2014 season was plagued by injury, beat Terpstra in the final sprint to wrap up a flawless ride. ...
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Sprint great Anna Meares became the most successful female track cyclist in history with 11 world titles after claiming the gold medal in keirin at the track cycling world championships on Sunday. The 31-year-old double Olympic champion added a 26th medal to her impressive collection on the final day of competition at the Velodrome National as she beat Frenchwoman Felicia Ballanger's record of 10 world golds. Meares' gold medal capped a successful day for Australia after Annette Edmondson claimed a second gold medal with a victory in the omnium. Trott ended 16 points behind Edmondson and edged Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild, the scratch race world champion, by just one point.
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Stefan Kueng staged a stunning comeback to upset world-record holder Jack Bobridge and win the men's individual pursuit final at the track cycling world championships on Saturday. Kueng, the European Under-23 champion in the road race and time trial, trailed the pre-race favorite by three seconds at the 2,000-meter halfway mark, but Bobridge, the Australian who failed in his attempt at the hour record this year, cracked in the closing stages. The Swiss rider, who is regarded as the natural heir to four-time time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara, claimed his biggest prize yet. Earlier, Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands used an impressive burst of power to win the women's scratch race.
By Julien Pretot ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) - Francois Pervis showed he has no equal when it comes to racing over one kilometre as he became the first rider in 14 years to scoop a hat-trick of time trial titles at the track cycling world championships on Friday. A day after successfully defending his keirin title, Pervis held off his challengers by a whisker to pick up his third successive time trial gold. The 30-year-old, who holds the world record in 56.303, was just above the one-minute barrier, clocking 1:00.207 to beat German Joachim Eilers by 0.087 second. Matthew Archibald of New Zealand took the bronze in 1:00.470.
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) -- Frenchman Francois Pervis successfully defended his 1-kilometer time trial title to claim a second gold medal in as many days at the track cycling worlds on Friday. Pervis, who also retained his keirin title on Thursday at the Velodrome National, won in 1 minute 0.207 seconds ahead of German Joachim Eilers to give France its third gold of these world championships after the men's team sprint on the opening day of competition. Eilers finished in 1:00.294 to edge Matthew Archibald of New Zealand, who took bronze in 1:00.470. Former triathlete Rebecca Wiasak of Australia won the women's individual pursuit by defeating Jennifer Valente of the United States in the final, and Artur Ershov of Russia won the men's 40-kilometer points race.